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10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

Carolyn Gregoire  | Huffington Post

Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs called it, for instance, “more powerful than intellect.” But however we put it into words, we all, well, intuitively know just what it is.

Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling — that unconscious reasoning that propels us to do something without telling us why or how. But the nature of intuition has long eluded us, and has inspired centuries’ worth of research and inquiry in the fields of philosophy and psychology.

“I define intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it,” Sophy Burnham, bestselling author of The Art of Intuition, tells The Huffington Post. “It’s different from thinking, it’s different from logic or analysis … It’s a knowing without knowing.”

Our intuition is always there, whether we’re aware of it or not. As HuffPost President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington puts it in her upcoming book Thrive:

Even when we’re not at a fork in the road, wondering what to do and trying to hear that inner voice, our intuition is always there, always reading the situation, always trying to steer us the right way. But can we hear it? Are we paying attention? Are we living a life that keeps the pathway to our intuition unblocked? Feeding and nurturing our intuition, and living a life in which we can make use of its wisdom, is one key way to thrive, at work and in life.

Cognitive science is beginning to demystify the strong but sometimes inexplicable presence of unconscious reasoning in our lives and thought. Often dismissed as unscientific because of its connections to the psychic and paranormal, intuition isn’t just a bunch of hoo-ha about our “Spidey senses” — the U.S. military is even investigating the power of intuition, which has helped troops to make quick judgments during combat that ended up saving lives.

“There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence, combined with solid research efforts, that suggests intuition is a critical aspect of how we humans interact with our environment and how, ultimately, we make many of our decisions,” Ivy Estabrooke, a program manager at the Office of Naval Research, told the New York Times in 2012.

Here are 10 things that people in touch with their intuition do differently.

They listen to that inner voice.

“It’s very easy to dismiss intuition,” says Burnham. “But it’s a great gift that needs to be noticed.”

The No. 1 thing that distinguishes intuitive people is that they listen to, rather than ignore, the guidance of their intuitions and gut feelings.

“Everybody is connected to their intuition, but some people don’t pay attention to it as intuition,” Burnham say. “I have yet to meet a successful businessman that didn’t say, ‘I don’t know why I did that, it was just a hunch.'”

In order to make our best decisions, we need a balance of intuition — which serves to bridge the gap between instinct and reasoning — and rational thinking, according to Francis Cholle, author of The Intuitive Compass. But the cultural bias against following one’s instinct or intuition often leads to disregarding our hunches — to our own detriment.

“We don’t have to reject scientific logic in order to benefit from instinct,” says Cholle. “We can honor and call upon all of these tools, and we can seek balance. And by seeking this balance we will finally bring all of the resources of our brain into action.”

They take time for solitude.

If you want to get in touch with your intuition, a little time alone may be the most effective way. Just as solitude can help give rise to creative thinking, it can also help us connect to our deepest inner wisdom.

Intuitive people are often introverted, according to Burnham. But whether you’re an introvert or not, taking time for solitude can help you engage in deeper thought and reconnect with yourself.

“You have to be able to have a little bit of solitude; a little bit of silence,” she says. “In the middle of craziness … you can’t recognize [intuition] above all of the noise of everyday life.”

They create.

“Creativity does its best work when it functions intuitively,” writes researcher and author Carla Woolf.

In fact, creative people are highly intuitive, explains Burnham, and just as you can increase your creativity through practice, you can boost your intuition. In fact, practicing one may build up the other.

They practice mindfulness.

Meditation and other mindfulness practices can be an excellent way to tap into your intuition. As the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute explains, “Mindfulness can help you filter out mental chatter, weigh your options objectively, tune into your intuition and ultimately make a decision that you can stand behind completely.”

Mindfulness can also connect you to your intuition by boosting self-knowledge. A 2013 study published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science showed that mindfulness — defined as “paying attention to one’s current experience in a non-judgmental way” — may help us to better understand our own personalities. And as Arianna Huffington notes in Thrive, increased intuition, compassion, creativity and peace are all wonderful side effects of meditating.

They observe everything.

“The first thing to do is notice — keep a little journal, and notice when odd things happen,” Burnham says. You’ll gain a keen sense for how often coincidences, surprising connections and on-the-dot intuitions occur in your daily life — in other words, you’ll start to tap into your intuition.

They listen to their bodies.

Intuitive people learn to tune into their bodies and heed their “gut feelings.”

If you’ve ever started feeling sick to your stomach when you knew something was wrong but couldn’t put your finger on what, you understand that intuitions can cause a physical sensation in the body. Our gut feelings are called gut feelings for a reason — research suggests that emotion and intuition are very much rooted in the “second brain” in the gut.

They connect deeply with others.

Mind reading may seem like the stuff of fantasy and pseudo-science, but it’s actually something we do everyday. It’s called empathic accuracy, a term in psychology that refers to the “seemingly magical ability to map someone’s mental terrain from their words, emotions and body language,” according to Psychology Today.

“When you see a spider crawling up someone’s leg, you feel a creepy sensation,”Marcia Reynolds writes in Psychology Today. “Similarly, when you observe someone reach out to a friend and they are pushed away, your brain registers the sensation of rejection. When you watch your team win or a couple embrace on television, you feel their emotions as if you are there. Social emotions like guilt, shame, pride, embarrassment, disgust and lust can all be experienced by watching others.”

Tuning into your own emotions, and spending time both observing and listening to others face-to-face can help boost your powers of empathy, says Reynolds.

They pay attention to their dreams.

Burnham recommends paying attention to your dreams as a way to get in touch with your mind’s unconscious thinking processes. Both dreams and intuition spring from the unconscious, so you can begin to tap into this part of your mind by paying attention to your dreams.

“At night, when you’re dreaming, you’re receiving information from the unconscious or intuitive part of your brain,” says Burnham. “If you’re attuned to your dreams, you can get a lot of information about how to live your life.”

They enjoy plenty of down time.

Few things stifle intuition as easily as constant busyness, multitasking, connectivity to digital devices and stress and burnout. According to Huffington, we always have an intuitive sense about the people in our lives — on a deep level, we know the good ones from the “flatterers and dissemblers” — but we’re not always awake enough to our intuition to acknowledge the difference to ourselves. The problem is that we’re simply too busy.

“We always get warnings from our heart and our intuition when they appear,” she writes in Thrive. “But we are often too busy to notice.”

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11 Money Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making

Brian Penny | Lifehack

If you’ve got money and you know it, take it out your pocket and show it. *snatches money out your hand and runs.* Thanks.

Here are some other mistakes you’re making with your money.

1. You Buy Extended Warranties

I’ve worked at a variety of retail stores, and they all require every employee to push the extended warranty. They do this because it’s a sale where you’re giving them money for a product they don’t have to stock. They gain free money, because the odds of you actually using that warranty are slim. If your product lasts six months, it’ll last two years, unless you break it in a way that’s not covered by the warranty anyway.

“Use warranties that come with the product or service,” says financial expert Harrine Freeman. “Keep the original packaging and receipt so if an issue arises, you can get the item fixed without delay.”

2. You Have Too Much Insurance

You’re required by law to meet certain insurance requirements for your vehicle and any collateral loan. Insurance agents will push to give you more insurance because they’re commissioned salespeople. Whether it’s your car, home or body, don’t buy more insurance than you need, or you’re just paying to keep everyone else’s premiums low.

Also avoid cell phone insurance at all costs – these plans are difficult to use and cancel, and they’ll often charge you more to replace your phone than the actual phone manufacturer, the retail store you bought it at, or your service provider.

3. You Pay for Free Services

You can monitor your credit report for free by getting a copy once every year, yet credit monitoring services charge you for the privilege. It’s like paying to park in a free lot (which you’ll also do if there’s an event nearby). Avoid paying for anything you can do for free.

4. You Upgrade Too Often

When Apple releases a new iPhone, people wait in line for it. Android users are getting just as bad. Usually, the upgrades are minor. Sure, I can use my phone as a projector, but how often does that really come up?

Don’t get distracted by all those shiny features – buy a phone within your budget, and hold onto it for 3-4 years. By the time you upgrade, you can get a free (or extremely cheap) phone that’s still an upgrade over your current one without paying an arm and a leg

5. You Ignore Hidden Fees

Banks make their money by charging fees. They’ll charge both you and the merchants you shop at as much as possible, and many businesses pass these fees on to customers. Shell, for example, charges you for using your card. Shell is also notorious for keeping their gas prices higher because they have a branded credit card that many people confuse for a store card. The reality is that card can be used anywhere, so use it to shop elsewhere.

“Avoid using out-of-network ATMs,” adds Freeman. “Get enough cash from your network ATM on a weekly basis to avoid fees. Avoid multiple trips to the ATM during the week. Keep track of your bank balance to avoid overdraft fees.”

6. You Don’t Save

I’ve been on my grind since I was five years old. When I was 10, I got a paper route, and my parents made me put half of my money immediately into a savings account (which was actually an envelope in a file cabinet in their house because banks don’t give accounts to ten-year-olds). As annoying as it was, it was a great way to learn about savings

You don’t have to give up half your paycheck, but you do need to put a set amount aside. Treat your savings account as your most important bill – it’s for you, and you shouldn’t short-change yourself for the benefit of any bank, grocery store, service provider or anyone else.

7. You Overpay Taxes

I get that most people don’t understand taxes. I understand that feeling of starting the year with a huge tax refund. If you don’t have the discipline to save, it can be tempting to let the government do it for you.

The problem with this line of thinking is you’re giving the government free money. They deposit it and earn interest that could’ve been yours. You think you’re making a smart financial decision, but what you’re really doing is losing money. The ideal tax situation isn’t the huge refunds advertised by H&R Block and all the other accountants; it’s zero.

8. You Buy Things You Don’t Need

If you can’t decide between an Xbox One and a PS4, the answer isn’t both; it’s neither. You may like purses and shoes, but you don’t need so many of them. Just because you see celebrities showing off all their swag doesn’t mean you should be doing the same thing. Learn to separate wants from needs and live within your means.

9. You Join Too Many Clubs

If you have a membership to Costco, Sam’s Club, Amazon Prime, and more, you’re wasting your money. Trying to keep up on all those frequent shopper clubs is toxic too. You’ll end up spending more on fees and unnecessary purchases than you’ll save from any of their deals. Their business model is set up specifically for this purpose.

If you’re single, consider asking a friend or family member to be added as an additional user on their account. A single person doesn’t need too many bulk items, especially perishables.

10. You Waste Food

Regardless of whether it’s bulk or single serving, don’t buy more perishable goods than you can eat. Every crumb you throw away is a crumb you paid for. You may as well just dump the contents of your wallet on the ground every time you go to the store.

Track your diet – it’s good for both your health and wealth. By focusing on your food intake, you’ll have an idea of your eating habits. This will help you make smart spending decisions at the grocery store. From there, all you have to do is cook the food you have instead of going out to eat all the time.

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Banking on an Attitude, Not a Platitude, of Gratitude

 

Learn simple daily practices that support personal, family and business empowerment from inspiring speaker Lee Brower – author, teacher, mentor and coach for entrepreneurs and CEOs.

 

 




Does the Hat You’re Wearing Match Your Intentions?

Jim Self and Roxane Burnett  |  Mastering Alchemy  |  May 1 2014

Excerpted from Spirit Matters: Down to Earth Tools for a Spirited Life

The rough stone was buried deep in the dirt. As he crawled through the obscured hole, Jamie found her, covered and filthy, almost invisible. Until he brushed her off, she could have passed for a clump of tar. Once clean, it was clear he had found a stone most precious, although he didn’t know her true worth. Climbing out of the hole, and sitting in the sun, he pondered his array of treasures. This rock was different. Special somehow. It talked to him stood out among the rest. He decided to get an expert’s opinion upon his return to the city. Gathering his belongings, he left the canyon.

What she finally placed in his sweating hand was not a clump of tar. It was not common quartz. The humble lapidarist gave Jamie a multi-faceted, clear and brilliant precious stone. She gave him Light.

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Look at any cut stone. It has many facets, each surface reflecting a different image and light. So do you. You are a multi-faceted being. You are a lover and a gardener, an employee and employer. And behind every role is a system of thoughts and beliefs. You, the gardener, think quite differently than you, the office manager. You, the lover, hold thoughts quite different from you, the employer. Each facet is a part of your unique whole. Each facet reflects a unique part of who you are. Each facet is simultaneously enough alone and an integral part of the whole.

Remember when you were in kindergarten and you would place a certain hat upon your head to instantly become that role? You could be a firefighter, a pirate, a nurse or a cowhand anytime you wished. Same concept here, as an adult kindergartner.

Conducting a successful business meeting requires a certain unique thought system and focus of attention. It is important to be in business mode at business and play mode while playing. You wouldn’t wear your baseball cap to work, nor your work hat at home, however we do this all the time. We continuously wear inappropriate hats. We wear our relationship hat at work and are preoccupied with the drama at home, creating errors and low production. We wear our work hat to bed and wonder why our partner is not satisfied anymore.

Have you ever had the experience of driving to a destination and suddenly realizing you passed your exit? Your attention wasn’t on the present-time task of driving. You and your attention were quite involved with something else. Many times we are worrying and fretting while we drive. The next Energy Tool will help focus your full attention on the current circumstance whatever that may be. This is a tool that brings your attention back to the needs at hand and sets the stage for greater success, whether at baseball or board meetings. Your family will enjoy having more of your attention on them, and you’ll enjoy business more when a greater amount of your attention and creativity is focused there.

Energy Tool = Hats

For the purpose of this exercise, let’s assume you want to become more focused at work.

  1. Breathe. Say, “Hello” to your Grounding Line. Give it the command to magnetically attract to it all the noise in your mind right now. Take a full minute or two to just sit there and release tension and noise.
  2. If you notice specific thoughts and bits of distracting noise in your mind, grab them and throw them down your Line.
  3. Imagine what your relationship hat might look like on your head. Just make it up and go with the first thing that pops up. Take that hat off and place it on the front seat of your car, out in the company parking lot. You can pick it up later if you like.
  4. Breathe and return to the Center of Your Head.
  5. Notice another hat you might be wearing that is not work related. In other words, what else is on your mind?
  6. Imagine what that hat looks like and place it outside.

 

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How to Create Your Own Shamanic Rituals

Jon RasmussenContributor

With the Shamanic tools of simple and playful ceremony, you are more powerful than you can imagine.  And reclaiming those tools is a huge part of this planetary shift in humanity known as the Return of the Feminine. What makes ceremony and ritual so powerful is that it accesses the subconscious part of our being that we call the Mythic, which influences our conscious mind and signal of asking and receiving our experiences in the world, as well as the actions we take to achieve our goals.

Reclaim the Power to Influence Your World

Now you can use these techniques in a very personal way, to fulfill your agenda of creating the experiences you would prefer in the world.  It really is just a more powerful form of prayer, or positive thinking that supports those processes in a complementary way.  Thus, the practice of these techniques is not counter or threatening to any belief system, psychological, or spiritual practice, or actions in the physical world towards your goals.

Using Ancient Ritual in Modern Times

Some more familiar modern forms of ritual include vision boards, altars, and various ceremonies from marriage to ribbon cutting, and so on.  What is now returning as we claim our power and freedom and the feminine aspects of our being, is the idea that you can create your own way of engaging with the Mythic and for very specific experiences.

Before I give you some examples, it is important to note that as with any thought and action, it is up to you to decide to engage from a place of love and empowerment, as opposed to fear and control.  The latter use of these techniques is known as sorcery, and never accomplishes what you really desire.

Also, since I often must address this concern with my clients, none of these shamanic ceremonies have anything to do with worshiping, nor idolatry.  Shamanism is just the nuts and bolts and tools that can help turbo charge whatever else you do, including just thinking of and doing stuff without the thought or belief in the non-physical at all, including atheism.

Focus on the Broad Experience You Want

So the first step before engaging with these powerful tools and techniques, is  to be very clear about the overall experience you desire. For example,” I want Joe Smith to love me forever,” versus,” I want to be loved and supported unconditionally by a man who I thoroughly enjoy being around, playing with, dreaming with, and looking at.” The Universe might bring you someone 10 times better than Joe Smith in your experience, and you’ll fondly forget about old Joe pretty quickly.  Unless, of course it just turns out synchronisticly that Joe Smith and his desired experiences are the perfect match for you.

This is true for all the forms and mechanisms the Universe brings you to fulfill your desired experiences, from health, to work, to resources, and all of your relationships including the world at large.  Check if you are dictating the specific steps and forms that you think are necessary to get the experience you want, and back away to the broader experiences as much as you can.

Now you are ready to proceed with the activity itself, of which I will offer just a few examples in an endless sea of possibilities.  There is usually a good order to follow, just as we do in our healing and destiny retrieval processes. The order is typically to release old blocks, patterns, and experiences that might be influencing you away from your goals.  Then we sometimes have to make sure that our ancestor’s or old authority figure’s experiences and beliefs aren’t getting in the way.  Then the more subtle work of making sure our own judgments and attachments don’t interfere.  And the final step is anchoring the ideal goal itself.  You may not need all the steps.

Create a Sand Painting or Mandala

An example for releasing the old is what we call the Sand Painting or Mandala.  For this particular purpose, I also call it the Mythic Toilet.  You simply create a circle of objects like stones.  Then in the circle put more objects each representing the life experiences you want to let go of.  You can use anything in the center, but since it is a toilet, I just use leaves, twigs, stones, cigarette butts, beer cans, whatever fodder is lying about.

You can even draw it.  After working with it, adding things that come up for a few days, moving things around, you can dismantle and burn or bury one piece or portion of the inside.  Another approach is to just grab an object and blow the intensity of the unwanted experience into it and burn or bury that. This allows the Earth to mulch the old story for you.

Create an Ancestor Altar

An example of the ancestor release is the ancestor altar. Unless you are from a culture that does a meaningful rite of passage into adulthood ceremony at age 13 or so, chances are that your ancestors are still following you around, energetically attached to you, and influencing you.  Even though this ceremony releases their grip on you, you still get to keep all the good stuff they did for you, and gave or continue to give you, and typically improve your relationships with living family.

The simple technique is to place on a surface a representative object or picture of your DNA and/or adoptive ancestors, or other Authority i.e. foster family, cult, or religious order like a nunnery.  Then everyday for a couple of weeks bring a gift of food, drink, sweets, flowers, and so on, and drop it off at the altar. This makes a clean, loving, forgiving, respectful, and grateful break from their potentially disruptive influences on you.  At it helps them to heal as well.

Do Shadow Work and Let Go of the Outcome

To help you let go of judgments and attachments that can paradoxically keep you from receiving the experiences that are now being delivered, there are a few subtle techniques.  While this is covered in many spiritual practices, simply letting go of the need or even desire for the outcome can be aided by the same mandala and/or blowing and burning process as in the first step, but adding all that you think is important and identify or dis-identify with as a twist.

Shadow work is helpful, where you simply acknowledge and embrace even that which you judge as bad within yourself.  Eagle is a great symbol to help with this, as it helps you to attain the broadest perspective, and simply having a picture of an eagle around helps. It is no wonder that was chosen as the Mythic symbol for the United States.

Create a Destiny Altar

An example of the final step in achieving your ideal life experiences or goals, also known as dreaming your world into being, is what we call the Destiny Altar. Much like the vision board, you can bring together symbols that represent and elicit the ultimate feeling place or experience you desire.  In many cases, even placing your own image there to put you in the scene is helpful (even if it feels somewhat uncomfortable to do that).

This can also be done in the form of a mandala, but will be more permanent, and something you can add to and tend to from time to time.  You can feed or bring gifts to this altar as well.  Remember that this is not the kind of altar where you worship; instead it is just there to anchor your goals in the Mythic layer of your being and to strengthen your signal.

Play!!!

I don’t think anyone can say definitively how or why going through these ritual motions works better than only visualizing or the several forms of prayer, manifesting, psychological techniques.  I have my own theories and observations about it related to engaging the whole being, and helping to focus your intent.  And, I also see that it is best to do both, and to get out there and do stuff as well!

The Universe does seem to require that you take one step forward in order for it to take a hundred steps toward you.  So, in addition to all that you already do, play with the above techniques and see what kind of results you get.  And when I say play, I really mean play, because the lighter, easier, and more childlike your approach this, the better it seems to work.

Jon RasmussenAbout Jon Rasmussen

Jon has over 35 years of experience in the fields of ancient and modern shamanism, healing, science, spirituality, and consciousness. He’s the author of the book Dreaming Your World Into Being, the CD’s Shamanic Journeys to Empower your Life and Practical Meditation for the Modern Lifestyle, as well as the DVD Let Success Find You. After several near death experiences at an early age, and extensive shamanic training and initiation, Jon leads a life of service for the healing of humanity primarily through the principle of the return of the powerful Feminine as spoken of in the prophecies of his Q’ero shaman lineage.  He travels extensively to conduct sessions, teach, and lead ceremony for individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.  Learn more about Jon’s work at dreamingintobeing.com and connect with him on Facebook. You can book sessions with Jon in person or by phone and Skype by sending an email to jon@dreamingintobeing.com.




Manifesting Workshop and Live Chat With Gail Thackray April 30th 7- 9 pm PDT

Watch Gail Thackray’s 45 min workshop on Manifesting that was recorded in front of a live audience. Learn how to program your subconscious to bring abundance into your life. Then Gail will clear off any blocks that are holding you back.  Gail will be in the chat room live so you can ask her questions during the show.

Afterwards, Gail will be live on streaming video. You can post your questions and Gail will be able to answer them in real time.  Gail will also be able doing live energy clearings for people over the live streaming.

Find out more here: Apr 30th 7- 9 pm Manifesting and Live Chat with Gail Thackray




Participate in Lynne McTaggart’s Historic Healing Intention Experiment on Saturday April 26, 2014 at 10 AM PST

On Saturday April 26, 2014 Lynne McTaggart will be running the latest of her Intention Experiments, the largest mind-over-matter experiment in history, studying the power of group mind to heal the world. [THE EVENT IS OVER]

During this two-hour live event, which is a philanthropic exercise and free for everyone to join, Lynne and her team of scientists will be testing, for the first time ever, the power of intention to heal an individual with a diagnosed illness under scientifically controlled laboratory conditions. If this experiment produces a positive outcome, it will have enormous implications about the role of thought in healing and the practices of our community of healers

The live two (2) hour broadcast will take place on April 26, 2014 at 10 AM PST. To participate in this historic event, you need to register ahead of time. This will make sure that on the day of the event, you will be able to log in and participate in the event without delay. So, sign up now at the link below to participate in this historic event:
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Clearing Clutter Opens the Mind

Jakob Barry| the change blog

I do a lot of writing about home improvement and environmental issues and one of the most important topics I find everyone can relate to is clutter.

Clutter can be a heavy burden that confines and suffocates. Like the interesting phenomenon of a pet taking on characteristics of its owner when they’re out for a walk, we often take on elements of the mess around us without even knowing it.

Whether in the kitchen, basement, yard or ‘all of the above’ in some way everyone has clutter and when it begins to rule over a certain rhythm in our lives it affects personal relationships and slows our ability to move forward. In essence, it closes us up instead of opening our hearts and minds to our dreams.

I can tell you from my own past experience I’ve had mental blocks or turned down opportunities to do X or Y because of the clutter in my life.

  • I can’t host the party, too much clutter
  • I can’t expand my imagination, too much clutter
  • I can’t go out because I don’t want to come back to so much clutter!

So the question is what to do about it?

For me the answer became a personal management issue, which I eventually solved on my own with a lot of effort. In retrospect I’d break it down into in the following four points:

Take the initiative

Sometimes we get into work funks, writers block being a good example. We spend hours or even days trying to meet a deadline or finish a project and in the meantime everything around us falls to smithereens. It once took me two days to clean up the apartment after a week long assignment which included a few all-nighters.

I can’t emphasize this enough but don’t wait until it’s too late and you’re completely overwhelmed. Each day take a break for just 15 minutes, preferably in the morning, and clear the space so it doesn’t end up closing you in more and more until the creative energy just won’t flow.

Make clutter zones and stick to them

If necessary, select clutter zones such as a box by the desk, bed, or near a closet where the disorder can have a temporary home. Adhere to those boundaries as much as possible and sort it out on the weekend.

Even if a mess develops in various places use that 15 minutes in the early part of the day to transfer it to its selected zone. Just don’t forget to set a time for making the zone itself clutter free.

Talk to Yourself

Really. I’m not kidding. When you run a race you have to keep telling yourself “I can do it, I can do it.” In the same way I’ve found that when we speak things out it somehow registers differently. For example, as you’re about to take charge tell yourself:

  • I want to pick up all the cloths I see
  • I want to organize the paper separating trash from important forms
  • I want to bring dishes to the kitchen
  • I want to dust and sweep the floor
  • I want to get it all done in 15 minutes!

Say it and make it happen.

Consider your health

Realize that part of staying healthy is being in a clean environment. Clutter exposes us to all kinds of new problems like dust allergies and even mold and mildew when moisture is involved. It affects our breathing, increases stress which in turn causes sickness, and robs us of the strength we need to achieve our goals.

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Achieving the Unachievable

Dr John Demartini | Demartini Institute

Have you ever achieved or completed a long sought goal that you had set and then immediately felt a surge of confidence and began setting the next new one? Probably so! It can be quite an exhilaration to accomplish a significant goal that you have set for yourself in life. But, did you ever notice that for this next new goal that you set out to achieve, you probably raised the bar on it and made sure it was a bit more challenging or even a lot less attainable. Our expectations and standards tend to climb as our goals become accomplished.

Some philosophers have even claimed that nothing of our senses tend to satisfy our soul. Our soul just keeps us striving upward and onward; possibly even toward what some have termed as the ‘infinite’.

Goals have a way of climbing in height from those that are more easily reachable and almost immediately attainable to those that take either more effort and / or greater time. In most cases it has been shown that as our ability to attain our goals grows so does our confidence and their heights. In some cases we can even begin setting goals that are unachievable.

How high can you climb you might ask yourself? That is a great question, for some have achieved some seemingly unbelievable feats. Often their sheer determination and patient perseverance have seen them through to their desired outcomes. But, is there a part of us that can set goals that are unreal, misaligned with our true higher values and therefore unattainable and as a result set ourselves up for an internal moral dilemma, the big let down, a crash or simply a feeling of defeat and burnout? This can and has certainly happened to some.

It is like in the sport of gambling for some people. If they win they probably bet again and often a little or lot more goes into the pot. But the odds are not really in the favor of the gambler and so the emotional high from their run of wins can become the very source of their lows the moment they begin their series of loses or crash. Most people can handle approximately 10% fluctuations in their emotions without too much reaction. This means if they gain or lose 10% of their money they can handle this predicament without being too elated or distraught. But when those percentages climb higher so do their emotional reactions.

So when your setting your goals, which I am assuming you already know are very powerful and useful in living a more fulfilling life, set them with reason and graduate them moderately and realistically as you make your climb. Make sure they are realizable and set on stable and steady ground, for the higher your expectation the greater your let down can become. This is not to say that great expectations are not healthy. They can be. But they must be backed up with firm planning and methodical actions.

To assure that you have set reasonable goals work through a goal planning worksheet to make sure that what goal you have set is truly achievable in the time frame that you have set it in. Work through any possible obstacles that might arise. Guidance or mentorship from someone who has already been there or done that can be immensely helpful. The more details that you plan the less likely you are to fail and the more you are able and likely to achieve.

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5 Hazardous Habits That Kill Your Life’s Dream

Simmi | Lifehack

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.”  ― Langston Hughes

The aspiration to achieve our dreams some day keeps us going even during the hopeless hours of life. Yes, we all know this but still we keep on piling habits into our daily life, that unknowingly become the killer of our own Life’s Dream. These habits and behavior patterns become so involved within our personalities that they become our inherent traits, making us weak and fragile, always providing us with an excuse to let go of our dreams. So read on to know these five hazardous habits. If you can feel connected with the given characteristics, hold on and beware, you totally need to get out of these vicious habit that is killing your Life’s Dream:

1. Fear of the unknown

Characteristics: Such a person is always surrounded by various kinds of fears, i.e. fear of rejection, fear of separation or loss, humiliation and even fear of extinction. These fears are always in his mind which prevent him from taking certain steps towards his dreams, from taking risks and he is always enjoying his own comfort zone.

Reason: Fear of the unknown is a mind condition which is conditioned from our childhood. For example, you have been constantly told in childhood to “not to go outside otherwise a white-bearded man will take you with him.” It sounds funny now but as a kid we were really scared of such things. So slowly and slowly our mind starts fearing things which earlier were fun like screaming for joy, dancing ridiculously or loving someone. We are afraid of being ridiculed or being termed crazy by normal society. And this fear becomes our inseparable attribute that sometimes we feel frightened to cross the boundaries in our banal life. We dare not to start anything afresh, killing our dreams to rest.

2. Addiction of pain

Characteristics: Such a pain addict no longer follows his heart’s voice, the inner conscious. He lives just to perform certain social responsibilities but his inner joy is no more. Everything around him is fake and useless, including human emotions. His dreams have no meaning and are mere fantasies.

Reason: The suffering caused by our daily stressful and busy life enhances the pain in our body, which we mostly try to resist but sometimes we become so prone to distress in our life that we start dwelling in our own pain delightfully. We start rejoicing in the sympathy arising from our pain. In a way we become addicts to pain that generates sympathy for us either from others or from ourselves. This addiction can become so hazardous that it can lead us to total hopelessness or dismal for life.

3. Procrastination

Characteristics: Such a person is always waiting for a convenient time to fulfill his dreams. He is never certain of the present time and delays his dreams and goals for the future. He is the one always waiting for the right opportunity rather than creating one.

Reason: Procrastination has become a part of everyday life now. We ward off certain things for tomorrow, but with time procrastination can become second nature. We keep on delaying our hopes and dreams for the future as if we are certain that tomorrow would be a better time in spite of the fact that we are not even certain of our existence in the coming moment. This is because we are not confident enough in the present moment (sometimes it is due to laziness). We feel tired, exhausted or we might be looking for perfection. But whatever the reason may be, procrastination is avoiding our present problems and saving them for our future life.

4. Living with the Ego

(Note: please don’t confuse ego with pride.)

Characteristics: Such a person is living with a false identity of himself. He connects his possessions, whether tangible or intangible, as his own self. For example, his latest smart phone, his collection of high-end clothes and accessories, his relationship with his loved ones etc… Such a person feels hopeless even in the thought of losing his possessions as these are his extended self and without which he is no more, taking him further away from his life’s dreams.

Reason: With the start of our lives we acquire this thing called ego. At first we connect our identity with our toys, this is my toy and if that got broken we would start crying because we perceived that toy as our extended self. And with time this ego started widening the boundaries of our perceived self not only in objects but also in relationships, knowledge and our physical appearances. And the moment someone tries to attack our egos we become aggressive, which is also the cause of various arguments (because our opinions are our perceived self and we can never be wrong). For some people this ego takes a larger-than-life form. As these people put their dreams on a backseat even if they are very well aware that the present moment is not what they expected out of life, they live in the pain of not fulfilling their dreams instead of following them. These people foresee themselves as weak and sometimes quit their current situation, thus moving miles away from their dreams.

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How to Use Pre-Cognitive Dreams as a Roadmap to Success and Personal Transformation

dreamerI want to tell you a story – an amazing realization that I had after a most peculiar dream descended upon me back in December of last year.

But first, please indulge me as I share a little background: This past Christmas, my husband and I had family over to celebrate the occasion – exchange presents, “break bread” and enjoy each other’s company.

Among several gifts my aunt brought to me, was a small potted Cyclamen, a lovely little plant with delicate off white and pink flowers.  Although I was most grateful for this nice gesture from my aunt, my first thought was “I’m going to kill it!”  I’d tried keeping one of these little gems in the house before but it would invariably die!

For about two weeks, I’d been faithfully nurturing my little potted plant, kept it in a sunny spot of the home, etc, but just like I’d prophesized, the plant was beginning to wither and die – despite my efforts to keep it alive – it had other plans.

A night or two later, I had the strangest dream.  I was walking along a street near my neighborhood (at least it looked somewhat like a familiar street) when all of a sudden I noticed a gardener in what appeared to be a Mobil gas station, landscaping the perimeter of the property.  There he was, meticulously feeding and watering none other than Cyclamen.  I took notice at how absolutely prolific and healthy these flowers were.  This particular variety was a rich pink or fuchsia color with gorgeous waxy leaves.  They were lined around the entire border of the gas station.  I’d not noticed them before. In fact, the lush landscape that surrounded this otherwise ordinary property seemed totally out of context for a gas station, so it clearly got my attention.  As I am keenly observing the beauty of this sight, I thought to myself, “I wonder if he would be willing to plant my dying Cyclamen plant?”  After all, maybe it needed to be planted in the ground rather than kept in its tiny pot.

With that I woke up!  I didn’t give it much thought, though I was curious as to what significance, if any, this might have for me.

Fast forward to February – My husband and I had traveled from the east coast out to Los Angeles so I could cover the recent Conscious Life Expo for interviews for my radio program, Conscious Inquiry.  During our stay, we managed to steal away and do a little early Valentine’s Day celebration at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.  We had planned a spa day there, but prior to our spa treatments we decided to have a glass of wine by the poolside.  While relishing in the beauty of the hotel and the warmth of the day (a far cry from the snow storm we gladly left behind on the east coast), I had the most profound epiphany – while letting out a gasp so pronounced it startled my husband, I said, “These are the flowers I saw in the dream!”  In fact, as the details of the dream began to descend back into memory, I looked around me and noticed that this was the place I’d been dreaming of – poolside at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  As I scanned the entire perimeter of the outside garden pool area, lined with bountiful fuchsia Cyclamen – that variety which I’d seen exactly in my dream, I felt a shiver of recognition run through my body.  “This is the place,” I said to my husband.  I hadn’t shared the dream with him prior to this, as I never felt the need to do so since at the time I felt it had no significance – until now!

It was only months before, roughly in September that my husband and I suffered greatly due to an abrupt downturn with our business that brought extreme financial strain – a journey that nearly brought me to a state of depression.  Lasting for quite some time, we’d both turned to some unconventional measures to help us through this turbulent period – utilizing “unique” meditation methods, and other modalities including dream sharing and visualization to assist us during this crisis.

Among one of the practices I’d insisted we try was for both of us to commit a few minutes each day, to visualizing a scenario that we’d find pleasurable.  But it wouldn’t be enough to just visualize the scene, we’d have to manage to put ourselves in it – really animate and illuminate it, so that it would become as real as we could possibly imagine.  We both agreed to concentrate on a scene in which we were sitting at an airport gate, awaiting our flight off to somewhere warm and beautiful!  We maintained our commitment to this little “feeling-visualization,” despite the dire circumstances we were in, somehow feeling that if we could imaginarily catapult ourselves out of this crisis, we could pull it’s reality closer to us.  In fact, I write at great length about this excursion to the “Imaginal Realm” – and how we used our dreams, visualizations and synchronicities to shift our reality out of a state of crisis in my new book, Conscious Musings.

 

I took the cues of the Universe – They came in dreams, in peculiar, beautiful, powerful, and sometimes humorous synchronicities – just enough to keep sane while riding out this storm.”

-From Conscious Musings

In the book, I discuss how synchronicities, if committed to noticing, will show up in the most unlikely of ways and at the most unlikely times, even if they are not noticed until weeks, months or even years later!  But if we can learn to hone our gaze and take notice of the little (and sometimes not so little) winks and nods that the Universe gives, we are sure to be supported in our own transformation.

While sitting at the Beverly Wilshire poolside, cocooned by a bounty of gorgeous fuchsia Cyclamen lining the space, I recalled how merely months ago, this scenario would seem nearly impossible.  How would we manage an escape to a warm and sunny place when at the time, making ends meet was top of mind?  And then, I realized – it was our sense of imagination – kicked into high gear that provided our own wink and nod back to the Universe – the vision, the dream that would set the template of manifestation into motion.

Upon remembrance of the dream, the picture that I recalled, the beautifully landscaped garden surrounding a Mobil Gas Station, still puzzled me.  How was it that what I was seeing in the dream was this hotel – identical to what my eyes were scanning around me?  Why was it that this scene, included a gas station?  And then it dawned on me – I recalled the familiar “Mobil” sign high above the station.  I suddenly knew the significance.  It’s as if the Universe was re-assuring me: “Despite what you think your fate to be – you will soon be Mobile again – free to travel and see these beautiful places!”

It all made sense!

As I state in Conscious Musings, as much as we would like to know the significance of a sign (whether in a dream, waking state, or high atop a gas station) at the time that it happens, if we can manage to trust in the brilliance of the Universe, I’ve no doubt that it will meet us half way!

In this case, not only did it meet us half way, it carried us 3,000 miles away for a little excursion that all started with a dying Cyclamen plant!

 

consciousmusingscover2013Alexis Brooks is the host of CLN’s Conscious Inquiry Radio Show and author of the new best-selling book, Conscious Musings – Contemplations to Transform Life and Realize Potential.  Conscious Musings offers a collection of candid insights that gives individuals the opportunity to have their own personal epiphany by examining the circumstances of their everyday lives and the realization that it is we who create our own reality, and only we can change it – in any way we prefer!  An unlikely blend of practical and mystical, Conscious Musings offers tools to immediately assist the reader in making a profound shift in their reality and in their life!

 




Live for the Moment and not the Static that Surrounds you…

John C. Bader | all things healing

As modern, social creatures, we tend to surround ourselves with familiar objects, pictures, and furniture to make up our personal environments and feel at home. We feel comfortable at home, even if our living space is cluttered. Just as we become accustomed to the environments in which we live, we also become accustomed to people, social events, problems, and even impossible situations. Our struggles and challenges become so familiar that they become permanent fixtures in our lives. Social conditioning and the opinions of others tend to define our being all of which drives our happiness and emotional baseline, many times unknowingly!

There is another way…

Behind all the mental chatter; behind all the opinions of others; behind the static of the past and future is this surreal moment in time: The present moment…. Author, Eckhart Tolle has focused much of his energy and writing on the “Power of Now”. Tolle states, “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” You might be thinking – “yeah, easier said than done”.

What if living in the present moment is easier than you think?

So what exactly is the present moment? It is that fleeting moment of NOW sandwiched between miles of thoughts of the past and future. It is that split second of thought and intent that is not muddled with fear and fantasy of the future or replayed images and thoughts of the past. It is the blink of an eye and yet it is the most powerful moment in your life; an endless precession of opportunities spanning to infinity. So why is the present moment so important? Because the past is gone; there is nothing more you can do or change. The future has yet to come so why build up anxiety about something that has yet to materialize? This is important: All you should try to grasp on to is the present moment: Shafts of sunshine streaming through the trees outside. The chirp of a bird; a lawn mower in the distance; wind rustling through trees; a creak in the floor; a tingle in your foot; a positive task completed at work; a hug or compliment; stillness in your mind; a smile for no reason…

It can be that simple.

We tend to unknowingly live for the challenges that inundate our lives. We tend to care what other people think. We bring our work home. We dream about our fears and fantasy. We worry about the past which is gone. We fret over the future that has yet to evolve. What a waste of time! When we think and live this way we live for the static that surrounds us. The result is mediocrity in every facet. One can never truly self-evolve and find happiness when we live this way. Look around and revel in the irony that most of the world operates this way. There lies an important step in self-discovery: When we realize there is another way; when we stop what we are doing and silence the mind by focusing on what is happening right now, something amazing happens. Your thoughts slow; your worries drop away, fear and anxiety disappear because they do not live in the present. Such ego facilities live in the past and future: Just memories and thoughts that have no bearing on the present. Notice how you have no control over the past and future and yet that is where most of our daily thoughts reside. Understand that the present moment is the only split second of conscious thought and action you can really control. Living in the moment is pure, unfettered and authentic. When you stop and silence the static of life you allow wellness and inner wisdom to arise from within.

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A Brave New Reflection – 8 Examples of the Science of Nature’s Wisdom

Lewis Herridge | Waking Times

In Aldous Huxley’s enduring master piece Brave New World, you find that world controllers have created an ‘ideal’ society. They cleverly use genetic engineering, brainwashing, recreational drugs and sex to keep all it members happy consumers. Many people draw comparisons as to where our society presently is and where it is heading in our future. If you are like many of the thousands of people ‘waking up’ around the world then you too will draw this worrying comparison.

Having recently re-read this book, one small part stuck out to me. Human engineers where discussing their subject’s [humans] brainwashing, when this was said:

“Primroses and landscapes…have one grave defect; they are gratuitous. A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish the love of nature, at any rate among the lower classes… We condition the masses to hate the country…”

This is exactly what is happening in one way or another. As a species we have become disconnected from the earth, from nature and our human roots. We no longer use nature’s wisdom. Children would rather play on a computer than run around amongst the trees. People will happily identify hundreds of corporate logos and celebrities but fail to identify a common tree or plant species. Many do not possess the clothing and footwear to take a muddy or wet walk and others do not possess the practical skills or fitness levels to make this possible. To make matters worse, we have almost entirely lost our connection with each other, our sense of community is nearly non-existent and this is all replaced by a superficial, materialistic and egotistical world that is hell bent on its own destruction.

How does the outdoors environment make you feel?

In a recent, deep and meaningful debate around a campfire with a group of adults, the question was asked, ‘How does the outdoors environment make you feel?’ Interestingly these were the main responses:

  1. It is good for the spirit.
  2. If offers adventure, we all want adventure, whether on a street corner or in nature.
  3.  Good to keep your head level. It has made me a calmer person.
  4. It has a bit of something for everyone… touches all aspects of life.
  5. Allows you to switch off from the rat race.
  6. Like you can work at a pace dictated by nature and not other people.
  7. You can just be.

From this response, it is clear that nature offers us something that is ‘real’ and much of this is supported by countless pieces of research. Many studies show that being in nature and amongst woodlands, ‘provides for the well-being of individuals, promotes recovery after illness, reduces stress, improves health, reduces obesity and promotes positive attitudes’, something that everyone could do a little of. It offers us adventure which excites us and brings us joy, an inner calm, peace and a place to find our own identity, away from the ‘someone’ that we are told to be through our high tech and ‘advanced’ society. It enable us to tap into our spirit, true self and awaken our true well-being. Let us now explore the science behind this.

1. Atoms are Energy, Frequency and Empty Space

Mainstream physics has discovered that everything around us is made up of atoms and one percent of every atom is composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons. The other 99% is empty space. To put this in comparison if the nucleus (centre of Atom) was the size of a penny the electrons would be whizzing around a large Cathedral and everything else is empty space. So how does everything appear so solid if it is 99% space? This is simple, atoms vibrate. They carry a certain frequency which decides their density. The world we see and our bodies are just energy vibrating. The Universe is a big collection of energy and frequency.

2. Schumann Resonance

The planet also vibrates and this is known as the Schumann resonance, the pulse of Earth or the pulse of Life and it has a frequency of 7.83Hz. This is a funny figure as it is the same frequency as the human alpha brain waves which are seen in wakefulness where there is a relaxed and effortless alertness. They are also heavily linked to creativity, peak performance, stress levels, anxiety and the immune system. In towns and cities where many of us live, this frequency is heavily disrupted due to our complex and sophisticated lifestyles, but as soon as you leave, it changes.

Now is it just a coincidence that the outdoor environment makes you feel so good or is this proof of something significantly deeper? Perhaps our natural energetic state is re-harmonizing with that of the planet, which returns our brainwaves to more natural states.

3. Light

Low levels of light have been associated with depression. People that spend a lot of time indoors and away from natural light will feel the effects of this. The retina picks up the darkness and sends a message to the pineal gland. This will secrete a sleeping hormone called melatonin which has a sedative effect. If it is light outside, the pineal gland will not secrete melatonin, and this process also happens in reverse. If you receive too much light, perhaps caused by TVs, computer screens or street lights before you want to sleep then your brain is not ready and you may experience trouble nodding off.

4. Circadian Rhythms

To put it simply, this is the natural internal body clock for humans, animals and plants. It determines sleeping and feeding patterns, but there are also clear patterns involving core body temperature, increased blood pressure, brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration, and other biological activities in humans.

The rhythms of the earth and lunar movement are closely linked to the rhythms of the brain. But in our society we time ourselves by clocks of our own making and have forgotten the natural rhythms of the earth. Days, months and years are all marked with natural peaks and dips, which many of us simply ignore in the haste of modern life.

This circadian rhythm is a starting point in how we should engage with the world, but is far too often over looked in man’s sophisticated, modern and hurried lifestyle. We pay the price if we run against the natural cycles of this planet, and it can have damaging mental and physical effects. Science is now connecting many illnesses with an unbalanced circadian rhythm. Conditions such as obesity, depression, diabetes, mental conditions such as ADHD and bipolar disorder, organ disease and cancers have all been linked.

5. Creativity

Creativity can be defined as the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile. It often involves the use of hands and mind together. By engaging in creative acts we can awaken our minds, and nature is an ideal catalyst.

Each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. People are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. For example, a person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective.

Our society is moving further away from the right brain thinking and more into the left. We only need to look at schools and education in general to find that subjects which are right-brain dominate such as art, music and theatre are losing popularity and are under threat. There appears to be an imbalance and the left-brain has asserted itself as the dominate side.

6. Resourcefulness

Linked very closely with creativity, resourcefulness is being able to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations. Learning how things work, starting to use your hands in a practical manner, cooking from scratch using basic ingredients, learning how to sow, knit, grow your own food and learning about the practical aspects of nature all count. But western society is rapidly losing this trait with potentially grave consequences.

But this skill offers much more, as it gives you a connection with your natural state which can put you in better touch with who you really are and how the world works. It can put you on the path to reclaim your sovereign nature that will be so important in times to come. In short, it starts to release the shackles that have been imposed on you.

7. Green Space Improves health

In Britain, Natural England has calculated that better access to green space would create an estimated saving to the health service of £2.1bn a year. This is a huge saving considering the dire financial times we are all faced with.

But this would go against the grain and would mean that people may start to like or even appreciate nature and this is a door that should not be opened. Imagine the consequences if the true power of nature was confirmed. It would be like opening a can of worms that our controllers do not want to set free.

The corrupt pharmaceutical multi-billion dollar industry would suffer, as people would return to natural healing methods (which have effectively worked for thousands of years), the entertainment industry would suffer as people would not need to constantly fulfill a restless mind, and the energy industry and oil and gas companies would be massively affected as greater emphasis would be put on preservation, protection and balance. It would turn our society upside down.

A Better World

Knowing this, we can help shape a better world. To get better re-connect with nature we must:

  1. Put ourselves amongst the calmness of the trees or the stillness of the mountains as regularly as possible.
  2. Get more natural light everyday.
  3. Harness the power of our creativity.
  4. Re-instigate our resourcefulness.
  5. Live more aligned with the rules of nature.

Through doing this we develop a deep bond with nature that has the power to show us the way home. The way back to our source, our spirit and our connection to true well-being that has been severed. Whether this has happened through the world controllers that Aldous Huxley describes in Brave New World, the global elite that many talk about, or by our own egotistical minds, the problem remains the same. It is time that we re-evolve and re-connect.

About the Author

Lewis Herridge is the founder of Re-Evolving Earth a globally aware organisation that uses nature wisdom to educate and awaken people’s spirit and true well-being. By using the principles of nature and of our past, we can all live happier, healthier and more contented lives. Please visit; https://www.re-evolvingearth.com/ for more information.




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From Regrets to Grace – Your Heart Knows the Way

Sandra Miniere | all things healing

While trying to meditate, I could not get my mind quiet. I was thinking about all of the people who had problems: one person with cancer; one person with financial issues, career issues of my own, and so on. I put my head in my hands and said to myself, “You are acting like all of this is real. Based on what you believe, you forgot this is the dream.”Suddenly, I realized I was stuck in attachment and began laughing out loud. In my mind’s eye, I saw Buddha laughing with me.

None of my concerns mattered when I observed them from the perspective of eternity. The freedom, peace and expansion of non-attachment dropped into my awareness and body. In that epiphany, I dropped those problems like a hot potato and committed, once again, to living my life without judging myself and needing to fix things. When I embraced “nothing matters,” I went from resisting to accepting the divine order in life. I felt uplifted and ecstatic.

When you embrace non-attachment, you are not giving up the need to create goals, take action, be in relationships, protect your health and more. You continue to do what you are here to do but without feeling emotionally attached to outcomes. “Nothing matters” is a phrase that changes your perception about a challenge and replaces inner turmoil with inner peace.

Of course, you may be saying this is nonsense because my kids matter, finances matter, health matters, social issues matter, and relationships matter. And, they do at the material level. In the material realm there are consequences to how you think, feel and act but in the spiritual realm a divine loving Presence lifts you above human concerns. Non-attachment is a spiritual resource that positively affects your mind, feelings and body.

Here are four strategies to master an attitude of non-attachment:

Lighten up – A lifetime is a dash through time and space when you place it in eternity. Remind yourself that you are doing your best, and that is good enough. The Prodigal Son received a banquet on his return to God and so will you.

Laugh – Laughter frees you from getting stuck in negative emotions and changes your perception of a situation. It lifts you above the conflict and striving. Although the shift may be temporary, you are practicing and mastering non-attachment.

Love – When you see yourself and your life through the eyes of Unconditional Love, you will let go of judging yourself and your life and just take action. You cannot make mistakes so stop trying so hard to be “perfect.” You already are perfectly human.

Let go – As you gain trust in a divine right order, you are more likely to let things be as they are. This perception allows you to visualize, plan and take action without the need to control or criticize. The belief that “all is evolving toward a greater good” allows you to let go and let a Higher Power take charge of the things you cannot change.

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